2D Composition (CRN 10527 ) Tues. & Thurs. 5:30 – 8:15

Course Description 

This course is a basic introduction to flat pictorial composition. Students will explore the basic principles of design and the application of line, shape, value, texture, and color to the two-dimensional surface. Students will learn to work with traditional materials as well as new technology. In addition to developing technical proficiency with a variety of materials and tools, emphasis will be placed on visual literacy and critical thinking skills throughout this course. All work (preliminary and final) must be retained for the duration of the semester and beyond as required. There is an iPad initiative/requirement for this course.

Course Format

2D Composition is a studio course.  Students will spend much of class time working on visual/conceptual problems. In addition to studio work, students will be required to actively participate in critique sessions, create and maintain their own student blog, contribute to other online components, and complete a variety of assignments that will take place within and outside of class time. The iPad requirement enables students to consume content independently and remain connected beyond the studio. Students are expected to work productively and collaboratively in the studio setting. At least 5 hours a week outside of scheduled class time should be set aside for 2D. It is student’s responsibility to check their KSU email account at least once a day and check instructor’s blog every other day for updates. Students will need to have their iPad charged and with them at each studio session.


A/- (3.7-4.0)         Superior Scholarship (consistently and significantly exceeding standards)                               450-500points

B+/- (2.7-3.6)       Good Performance (demonstrating strong effort and consistent success)
400-449 points

C+/- (1.7-2.6)        Fair/Average Performance (meeting basic criteria/requirements)
350-399 points

D+/D (0.7-1.6)     Poor (but passing) Performance (falling short of meeting basic         criteria/requirements)
315-349 points

F (0.0-0.6)           Failure (meeting few or none of the basic criteria/requirements)
000-314 points

Grades will be given for Projects 1-4* (includes reading/writing/blogging assignments, participation in critique sessions, collaborative efforts and active studio practice) and both Physical & Digital Portfolios. Mid-term grades (“you are here” grades) will be derived from work completed for Projects 1 & 2 and Digital Portfolio development. Students may choose to rework/redo assignments to be represented in their final Portfolios. Project 1-4 grades will not be changed. When accepted at all, students should expect late work to be lowered one letter grade (10%) and for it to be submitted within 1 week of the original deadline or an F will be given for that Project grade. Attendance can impact grades significantly (see Attendance section). *Each project will have 3 parts ( .1, .2, .3) and account for 60% of each Project grade, while other participation will make up 40% of each project grade


Classes are conducted on the premise that regular attendance is expected. If students anticipate an absence, they should consult with the instructor individually as soon as possible. In the event the absence was due to illness or injury, verification from the medical professional treating the illness or injury should be presented to the instructor. It is the responsibility of a student NOT to schedule any doctor or any other sort of appointment during the class hours. Kent State University’s School of Art guidelines indicate that final grades should be lowered by one letter grade (10%) after three unexcused absences. Additionally, three late arrivals or early departures are equivalent to one unexcused absence. Please note that students arriving any time after the class was suppose to convene, will be considered late. Absences and late arrivals/early departures will be excused or not at the instructors discretion (appropriate documentation should be provided as necessary as soon as possible). More than five absences is cause for failure of the course. Failure to attend the Final is cause for failure of the course.

Student Conduct

University rules and regulations form parameters of individual behavior on and off campus (and online) and follow the normative standards of behavior adhered to by the City of Kent and Kent State University communities. By virtue of a student’s enrollment at Kent State University, he/she consents to follow the policies and procedures of the University. It is the student’s responsibility and in his/her interest to be familiar with all applicable conduct-related policies (Code of Student Conduct). Please be advised that all Kent State University campuses have become smoke and tobacco-free as of July 1st, 2017.

Registration for Courses

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure proper enrollment in classes. You are advised to review your official class schedule during the first week of classes to ensure proper enrollment. If registration errors are not corrected by September 3, 2017 and you continue to attend and participate in classes for which you are not officially enrolled, you are advised now that you will not receive credit for the course at the conclusion of the semester. Every class has its own schedule of deadlines and considerations. Access the View Schedule of Courses in the Student Category / Resources Page / Courses and Registration Section of Flashline or View or Print Course Schedule and Purchase Textbooks in the Student Category / Resources Page / Courses and Registration Section to view your student printable schedule for deadlines for flexibly schedule courses.

Students with disabilities

University policy 3-01.3 requires that students with disabilities be provided reasonable accommodations to ensure their equal access to course content. If you have a documented disability and require accommodations, please contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester to make arrangements for necessary classroom adjustments. Please note, you must first verify your eligibility for these through Student Accessibility Services (contact 330-672-3391 or visit for more information on registration procedures).

Documentation of student work

The instructor may document student work created in fulfillment of academic requirements for this class for use in future didactic or administrative contexts within the School of Art. Some or all of your work may be photographed; information on works chosen to be documented will remain confidential. By continuing enrollment in this class, you automatically grant permission to the instructor to document your work and use the image reproductions for the purposes stated above, unless you submit a request in writing by week 2 to the instructor. No one who opts out will be penalized for doing so.

Use of Digital Images for Presentation

As part of this course you may have access to digital image reproductions of cultural objects or sites that are protected by United States Copyright Law. Access to these images is restricted to students actively enrolled in the class; and you are permitted to use such images only as part of work and intellectual pursuits relating to this course. You may have access to the material for the duration of the semester; downloading or copying these materials for personal or commercial use is strictly prohibited. Violation of this policy could result in severe penalties.

Cheating / Plagiarism

Students enrolled in the university, at all its campuses, are to perform their academic work according to standards set by faculty members, departments, schools and colleges of the university; and cheating and plagiarism constitute fraudulent misrepresentation for which no credit can be given and for which appropriate sanctions are warranted and will be applied.

Building Access

Both the Art Building and the CVA should regularly be open from 7am – 2am (including Saturdays and Sundays) for classes and related activities. The buildings are NOT open on university holidays. Students who need to work after hours or over holidays may do so but can expect to be asked to produce identification to verify their status and reason for being in the building. Always be aware of your personal safety when working late. It is a good idea to travel with a buddy after hours and to close all exterior doors carefully and securely while working in the building (no doors propped open). SECURITY AIDES is a Campus Escort Service for students needing secure transit on campus (to car, to residence hall, to library, to studio, etc.). Available from 8pm – 4am. Call (330) 672-7004

In an EMERGENCY dial 9-1-1 • (non-emergency) Kent Campus Police (330) 672-2212 • City of Kent Police (330) 673-6732 

Studio Policy

Drinks in closable containers are permitted.  Food is not permitted in the studio. Earbuds may be worn during studio work times only. During lectures, critiques, conversations or group collaborations all ear and eyes should be open and free of devices.

Our studio has limited space and is shared by many. So, there is no storage space for materials, in progress or completed works. All items you bring into the studio must leave with you each day.  The School of Art offers Locker rental throughout the CVA.

KSU Foundations WordPress requirement

Each student is responsible for creating and maintaining a free WordPress blog and for keeping up to date with content on Instructor/Course blogs and the School of Art Foundations blog These blog sites are considered an extension of the classroom and University environment. As such, all content falls under the KSU Code of Student Conduct. Also, by continuing enrollment in this class, you automatically grant permission to the School of Art to use any posted content in future didactic or administrative contexts within the School of Art, unless you submit a request in writing to the instructor within 2 weeks of the start of class. No one who opts out will be penalized for doing so. Use of any content in this manner will remain confidential.

Internet privacy

Blog posts and comments are publicly viewable. Blogs can be unlisted, but not private. Use common sense and common courtesy when commenting on posts by peers, faculty, or staff. Our WordPress blogs constitute a shared environment. Members who can view your work and profile include your peers, KSU faculty, members of our administration, and may include guest artists and arts professionals outside of KSU, as well as the general public. Your blog and your participation in this online community are extensions of the classroom and the KSU SoA. Online or off, students remain accountable to the KSU Code of Student Conduct.